JazzFest

General Info

General Info

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is an educational festival with year-round programming that culimates in a three-day summer music festival that takes place at Playhouse Square, located at 1501 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. Nearly 500 artists perform indoors and outdoors playing jazz and other genres. Indoor concerts are ticketed and feature world-class musicians in Playhouse Square's historic theaters. All outdoor entertainment is free.

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Buckner, Tri-C JazzFest stays true to its mission to:

  • Foster the history and nurture the future of jazz
  • Provide educational opportunities for students of all ages and in all walks of life
  • Bring world-class jazz to Cleveland

DownBeat Magazine describes the festival as offering "the type of diverse, top-tier talent typically found at a much larger festival, along with some adventourous programming that was spiced with compelling international flavors."

The Tri-C JazzFest educational component connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists. The inclusion of students and teachers ensures the future of the art form in Northeast Ohio. Outreach programming provides free cultural access to Cleveland’s underserved population.

In addition to the indoor and outdoor music during the festival weekend, Tri-C JazzFest also offers a talk tent to get to know artists, shopping, beer garden, street performers and games, Kids Club and much more, as part of the free outdoor component. Learn more about our history here.

The 42nd annual festival, presented by KeyBank, will return Sept. 11 and 12 at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.

The 2020 edition of JazzFest took place online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This year’s two-day outdoor festival will feature a variety of national acts performing under the covered Evans Amphitheater.

To accommodate those who still do not wish to attend in-person gatherings, the festival will once again offer a free livestreaming service. Details on how to access the livestream will be made available this summer.

The lineup — to be announced June 1 — promises to be a jazz lover's delight with wall-to-wall live music. Day passes go on sale June 10 through Ticketmaster. Click here for more festival news.

Tri-C JazzFest partners with various Cleveland venues, including Playhouse Square, the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus, the Cleveland Museum of Art, BOP STOP at The Music Settlement and BLU Jazz+.

FAQs

Where is Cain Park located?
Cain Park is located at 14591 Superior Road in Cleveland Heights, OH. For directions and contact information, please visit the Cain Park website.

Can I buy tickets for an individual performance?
No, individual concert tickets will not be available this year. Passes, sold by day, range from $35-$100 and are available through ticketmaster.com or by calling 216-371-3000.

How can I receive updates about the festival? 
You can join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. To sign up for year-round JazzFest newsletters join our email list here.

How can I volunteer at the festival?
All volunteer inquiries should be directed to Kendra Willis at 216-987-4214 or kendra.willis@tri-c.edu

Can I take pictures at the concerts?
Yes, pictures are permitted for select concerts (artist-pending). We ask that you do not use flash photography or get out of your seat to take a photo. Only certified media personnel are permitted to shoot photography from the aisles. 

What happens in the case of bad weather?
The festival will go on rain or shine.

Where do I park?
There are more than 900 free on-street parking spaces within easy walking distance of Cain Park. Safe, well-lit and patrolled on-street parking allows us to maintain our available greenspace for park land.

Also, the Cumberland Pool (1740 Cumberland) and Delisle Options Center (14780 Superior Road) parking lots are located within walking distance of Cain Park. Please be advised there are no guards on duty at these parking lots. Please be sure to observe parking signs to avoid ticketing.

Are there places to eat at the festival?
Yes, food and drinks are available at Cain Park Grill located on the Terrace.

What hotels are near the festival?
Nearby hotels include Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott in University Circle, Glidden House and more.

Contact Information

Director
Terri Pontremoli
216-987-0241
terri.pontremoli@tri-c.edu

Associate Director/Project Manager & Community and Education Contact
Orlando Watson
216-987-4193
orlando.watson@tri-c.edu

Marketing and Publicity Contact
Madeline Shepherd
216-987-4616
madeline.shepherd@tri-c.edu

Volunteer Coordinator
Kendra Willis 
216-987-4214
kendra.willis@tri-c.edu